Super Sunday: CAB’s Second Concert in the Mansion Series

Phil Snedecor

Super Sunday: CAB’s Second Concert in the Mansion Series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 25, 2016

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Super Sunday: Concert Artists of Baltimore Presents Second Concert in its Mansion Series

BALTIMORE, MD: The Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69 and Walton Façade – An Entertainment are the works featured at Concert Artists of Baltimore’s “Super Sunday” concert, the second in its Mansion Series. The Mansion Series, with performances at The Engineers Club at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, showcases smaller ensembles, such as a quartet or small vocal group, and often features unique repertoire. Cellist Evelyn Elsing joins Artistic Director Edward Polochick at the piano for Beethoven’s joyful third cello sonata. The second half of the program is the unique Walton Façade – An Entertainment. Set to the surrealist poems of British literary figure Edith Sitwell, this work captures the spirit of the 1920s and features a wide and diverting range or musical styles created by British composer William Walton. Maestro Polochick leads Evelyn Elsing, cello; Kristin Winter-Jones, flute; Anne Ament, clarinet; Gary Louie, alto saxophone; Phil Snedecor, trumpet; and Donna diStefano, percussion. WBJC 91.5FM radio hosts Mark Malinowski and Jonathan Palevsky join the performance as narrators.

Concert Artists of Baltimore’s Super Sunday Concert is Sunday, February 7, 2016, at 3:00pm at The Engineers Club at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, 11 W. Mt. Vernon Place, Baltimore. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children and students. Patrons may also purchase an optional, pre-concert brunch buffet for $45 (concert tickets required for brunch). Visit cabmusic.org or call 410-625-3525 for concert tickets and brunch reservations. This concert is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Berry, Jr.

The Engineers Club will project Super Bowl Pre Game coverage on the wall of the courtyard pre-concert, during Intermission, and post-concert. Patrons will be able to cast a vote for their favorite team at the Cash Bar. Votes submitted will be drawn for prizes, with the “Winning Team’s” (team with the most votes) votes being drawn for a certificate for Brunch for 4 at The Engineers Club and the “Losing Team’s” (team with the fewest votes) votes being drawn for a bottle of wine. (Note: the Club will not broadcast the actual game, but their broadcast allows patrons to follow the pre-game coverage.)

Concert Artists of Baltimore is funded in part by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council: an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. These programs are also made possible by a grant from the Citizens of Baltimore County and have been funded by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

Evelyn Elsing

Cellist Evelyn Elsing received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan, where she was awarded the School of Music’s highest honor to a performer, the Stanley Medal. After graduation, she participated for two years in the Professional Studies Program at The Juilliard School. She has enjoyed a long proud career as a teacher, recently becoming an emeritus professor of cello after forty years at the University of Maryland flagship campus in College Park.

Miss Elsing’s accumulated recognitions over the years include prizes at the Munich Cello Competition, the Tchaikovsky Competition, and the International String Competition sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club in Washington, DC, among many others. In 2014 she was the recipient of both the Outstanding Service to Strings and the Outstanding Teacher of the Year awards from the MD/DC chapter of the American String Teachers’ Association. The National Endowment for the Arts awarded her a solo recitalist grant, and as a result of a Creative and Performing Arts Award from the University of Maryland, she recorded the complete works for cello and piano by Rachmaninoff and Ginastera in collaboration with pianist Santiago Rodriguez; this project has been released on Centaur Records. She may also be heard on the Orion, Fontec, Albany, and Innova labels.

Miss Elsing has collaborated with the Cleveland, Guarneri, and Muir Quartets. She is a founding member of the Ecco Trio, a piano trio with whom she has toured Japan and the United States, and the Left Bank Quartet, an ensemble recently cited for its “patina of venerability” in The Washington Post. She has performed at such venues as Dvorak Hall in Prague, Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Festspielhaus in Vienna, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, San Marco Cathedral in Venice, Alice Tully, Weil, and Merkin Halls in New York City, and the Library of Congress, Phillips Collection, Corcoran Gallery, and Kennedy Center in the Washington, DC area. She has participated in the summer festivals of Spoleto, Italy; Salzburg, Austria; and Interlochen, Aspen, the Library of Congress, and Ravinia in this country.

For fifteen years, Miss Elsing was principal cellist of the Handel Festival Orchestra, an ensemble that enjoyed several tours of Europe as well as robust schedules at the Kennedy Center that included rich offerings for children of all ages. For twenty years she was a regular performer with the historic Theater Chamber Players, an organization that championed contemporary music and inspired the later creation of the Left Bank Concert Society, of which she is a Co-Artistic Director. She enjoys freelancing with the Post Classical Ensemble of Washington, DC and the Concert Artists of Baltimore.

Kristin Winter-Jones

Originally from Laguna Beach, California, Kristin Winter-Jones is currently Principal Flute with Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and Baltimore Choral Arts Society. She served twenty years as Second Flute with the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, was Principal Flute with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra for nine seasons, and has performed with the Baltimore Symphony and Detroit Symphony Orchestras.

Ms. Winter-Jones was awarded the Bronze Medal at the Madeira International Flute Competition, was a winner of the New York Flute Club Competition, and was awarded second prize in the National Flute Association’s Young Artists Competition. While a student at Juilliard, Kristin was featured as a soloist with Jean-Pierre Rampal and Julius Baker at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center.

As a soloist, she has appeared with Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony, and the Mid-Atlantic Chamber Orchestra.

Ms. Winter-Jones received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where she was a student of Julius Baker.

Anne Ament

Anne Ament, clarinetist, is a native of Washington, D.C. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Anthony Gigliotti and Donald Montanaro. She got her Master of Music Degree from the Juilliard School, studying with David Weber. Currently Ms. Ament freelances in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, performing with such groups as the National Symphony Orchestra, The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, The Washington Concert Opera, The Wolftrap Opera Company, the Virginia Chamber Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Amadeus Orchestra, and the Washington Ballet. Ms. Ament has a private teaching studio at her home and is the mother of two girls.

Gary Louie

Internationally recognized as one of the leading saxophone virtuosi of our time, Gary Louie possesses a lively interpretive imagination coupled with a refreshingly understated artistry and a warm, supple tone, qualities that have earned him consistent praise from audiences and critics alike.

In a professional career that has spanned 40 years, Gary Louie has long been praised by his successful efforts to break boundaries and integrate the saxophone and its repertoire into the mainstream of classical music life, both here and abroad. He has appeared as soloist with Hugh Wolff and the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under the batons of Daniel Hege, David Lockington, Juanjo Mena and Yan Pascal Tortelier, in performances of Milhaud’s La création du monde, Debussy’s Rhapsody for Saxophoníe and Orchestra and Glazunov’s Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra.

In recital, Gary Louie has been presented by prestigious institutions from coast to coast: New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Alice Tully Hall and The Frick Collection; California’s La Jolla Chamber Music Society; Boston’s Jordan Hall; The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, The Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Cleveland Museum of Art; The Phillips Collection and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. International performances have been given in Paris at L’Opera Comique, in Rome at the Villa Medici, in Hong Kong, throughout Spain and in Russia with Vladimir Lande and the St. Petersburg Symphony and Germany’s Philharmonisches Orchester Augsburg, under the baton of Peter Leonard.

In 2009, Gary Louie released his first solo saxophone with orchestra CD. Featuring the St. Petersburg (Russia) Symphony conducteds by Vladimir Lande, the album includes Glazunov’s Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra, Frank Martin’s Ballade for Alto Saxophone and OrchestraCarmen Fantasy (arranged by Mr. Louie) and Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise. This season’s highlights include recording Michael Hersch’s of ages manifest (2012), a return engagement at the Community Concerts at Second in Baltimore and performances of Berio’s Sequenza VIIb, and Hersch’s of ages manifest in Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City.

An avid supporter and interpreter of contemporary music, Gary Louie is actively involved in the commissioning and performing of new scores for the saxophone. He has premiered new works by the distinguished American composers William Albright, John Harbison, Michael Hersch, Lori Laitman, John Anthony Lennon and Jonathon Leshnoff to name a few.

Gary Louie’s career was launched in 1986, when he won the coveted Pro Musicis International Sponsorship Award. In 1988 he was selected as a “Young Artist to Watch” by Musical America. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including having been chosen by the United States Information Service for its “Arts America” program and a National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Grant. Mr. Louie has also served on the National Screening Committee for the Fulbright Awards.

Gary Louie began serious studies on the saxophone with George Etheridge in Washington, DC, and went on to study at the University of Michigan with the legendary saxophonist/teacher, Donald Sinta. He currently serves as Professor of Saxophone at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Severna Park, Maryland with his wife, pianist Kirsten Taylor, where in their spare time they enjoy sailing and hiking with their sons, Warren and James.

Phil Snedecor

Phil Snedecor attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he received the prestigious Performers Certificate and was a member of the premiere brass quintet, the Canterbury Brass. While earning his degrees in trumpet performance and literature, he also studied arranging and composition with Professor Rayburn Wright, formerly arranger for Radio City Music Hall. Mr. Snedecor is a former member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and has held one-year positions with the National Symphony, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the Baltimore Opera. He is Principal Trumpet in the Harrisburg (PA) Symphony Orchestra and former Co-Principal Trumpet in the Concert Artists of Baltimore.  Mr. Snedecor has performed and toured throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

As a show player, he has performed in the touring productions of Guys & Dolls, Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Evita and West Side Story. He has recorded under the RCA, CBS, Gothic, Koss, and Summit labels. Phil’s solo CDs, The Lyrical Trumpet I and II are also available on the Summit Label.

In 1993 Mr. Snedecor and National Symphony Principal Trombonist Milton Stevens co-founded The Washington Symphonic Brass, a 17-piece professional brass ensemble.  They perform regularly for the Washington National Cathedral, St. Matthew’s Cathedral, the Basilica at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and with the Washington Choral Arts Society at the Kennedy Center. They were the official instrumental ensemble for the Papal visit of 2008 in Washington DC and are heard regularly in their own concert series in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Their critically acclaimed CDs are available on the Summit and Warner Classics labels. Phil’s innovative programming and arranging for the WSB has led to several guest conductor appearances, most recently with the River City Brass Band (Pittsburgh) and the Breckenridge (CO) Brass.

In 2012, Mr. Snedecor founded the DC Pops Orchestra, a 30-piece ensemble featuring some of the best Jazz and crossover artists in the region. This group has provided music for the elite of Washington in prestigious venues such at the National Building Museum and Mellon Auditorium.

Mr. Snedecor is on the faculty at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, and has written a series of brass etude books that are required repertoire at many colleges and conservatories. His arrangements and compositions have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Donna diStefano

Received her bachelor of music degree from Peabody Conservatory of Music (Baltimore, Maryland) and master of fine arts degree from California Institute of the Arts. Her musical activities as a free-lance percussionist include chamber, ethnic, jazz, pop/rock, solo and symphonic music. She is currently principal timpanist/percussionist with Concert Artists of Baltimore. She has performed with the Richmond Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony and the Chorale Arts Society of BaltimoreMs. DiStefano has been associated with Young Audiences of Maryland since 1979 as a performer in various programs. She is founder of the Charm City Marimba Bandand a member of the percussion ensembles Percussion 3 and Global Percussion. Donna DiStefano is a percussion instructor at the DC Youth Orchestra Program, The Baltimore School for the Arts TWIGS Program, and Catonsville Community College.

Mark Malinowski

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Mark Malinowski was studying music at Wayne State University when he received a number 20 in the draft lottery, bringing about a change in career. His interest in radio began in the Navy, where he served as a broadcast journalist with the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. Mr. Malinowski has also been a newspaper editor, still and motion picture photographer, Public Affairs Officer, and a Command Master Chief. He retired in August 1998 after 26 years of service. His Last assignment was as Public Affairs Officer at the Naval Air Station in Kingsville, Texas. While there, Malinowski also worked at KEDT-FM in Corpus Christi as an announcer, Operations Director and Program Director.

Mark Malinowski is a host at 91.5 WBJC, Maryland’s Classical Music Station. He enjoys reading, a bit of writing, and hopes to finish one of the novels he has started. He’s also a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and enjoys a good game of chess.

Jonathan Palevsky

Jonathan Palevsky is currently Program Director of WBJC 91.5 FM Baltimore’s Classical Music Station, a position he has held for the last eight years. His undergraduate studies at Carleton University in Ottawa focused on musicology, and his graduate degree at The Peabody Institute concentrated on classical guitar performance. Mr. Palevsky can be heard as host of Face the Music, Past Masters, the WBJC Operafest, numerous community interviews and regular afternoon classical programming. He is also past president of the Association of Music Personnel in Public Radio.

Mr. Palevsky is in great demand as a lecturer, he is on the adjunct Elderhostel faculty at Baltimore Hebrew University, and teaches evening classes at the Johns Hopkins University and Roland Park Country School.

Edward Polochick

The current season marks Maestro Polochick’s 29th year as Artistic Director of Concert Artists of Baltimore. 2015-2016 also marks his 18th season as Music Director of Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra in Nebraska. From 1979-1999 he was on the staff of the Baltimore Symphony as Director of the Symphony Chorus, and since 1979 he has been at the Peabody Conservatory as Associate Conductor of the Orchestra, Director of Choral Ensembles, and Opera Conductor. An accomplished pianist and harpsichordist, he has appeared as piano soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Since winning the Leopold Stokowski Conducting Award and conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, Maestro Polochick has attracted attention as an orchestral, operatic, and choral conductor. His appearances have included the Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Aalborg Symphony of Denmark, Omaha Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea, St. Petersburg Symphony in Russia, and the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra in Toluca, Mexico.

Mr. Polochick resides in Baltimore, where he is often asked to share his knowledge and love of music at various lecture series, adjudications, and radio broadcasts. He received the Peggy and Yale Gordon Achievement Award and in 2000 he was made an honorary member of the Baltimore Music Club. In 2002 he was awarded the Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Alumnus Award, one of only three Peabody alumni to be so honored. In 2003-04 he was named Baldwin Scholar at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, where he held lectures, demonstrations, and panels on the creative act of music. Maestro Polochick is also a regular panelist on Face The Music, a review of recordings hosted by Jonathan Palevsky of WBJC-FM. In 2011 he adjudicated the Rosa Ponselle International Vocal Competition in Caiazzo, Italy. Last season Maestro Polochick led a set of Masterworks Series concerts on the podium of the Charleston (S.C.) Symphony.

Concert Artists of Baltimore

Founded by Edward Polochick and in its 29th season, Concert Artists of Baltimore (CAB) consists of a professional chamber orchestra and professional chamber chorus. The full ensembles are featured in The Maestro Series, with performances this season at the Gordon Center For Performing Arts and St. Pius X Church. CAB also offers chamber music, The Mansion Series, with performances at The Engineers Club at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion. This series showcases smaller forces, such as a quartet or small vocal group, and often features unique repertoire.

The orchestra and chorus are frequently hired for performances throughout the region by other organizations, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera Baltimore, Moscow Ballet, the Baltimore Basilica, Temple Oheb Shalom, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, McDaniel College, St. Louis Church, The Holocaust Museum, The Visionary Arts Museum, The Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, and Catholic Charities. When larger forces are needed, such as when the singers of Concert Artists perform Messiah with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra each year, the chorus expands to the Concert Artists Symphonic Chorale. The 2014-15 season featured a groundbreaking collaboration with the Baltimore Rock Opera Society at 2640 Space, a partnership that will continue this season at the inaugural Light City Baltimore festival.

The mission of Concert Artists of Baltimore is to present classical music performances of well- known and lesser-known composers by an elite professional chorus and chamber orchestra, thus providing a visceral music experience to audiences in the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan Area. In 2015 Concert Artists of Baltimore was one of 20 Baltimore arts organizations chosen by the DeVos Institute through a competitive application process to participate in “Capacity Building Baltimore”.

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